Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

The Kaloko-Honokōhau  National Historical Park website does not have a Junior Ranger page. They do have a Junior Ranger Activity Guide that is recommended for ages 6 – 12 years old, which you can ask for at the Hale Ho’okipa Visitor Center. My family visited Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park on December 23, 2009. This was our last stop to complete the Hawai’i Island National Parks Adventure Book. One of the activities included visiting the Kaloko Fishpond. The fishpond was built next to the ocean. This allowed for easy collection of fish and allowed for temperature control and circulation of water. During our visit, we saw several fish jumping out of the water from the fishpond.Another activity that Alyssa completed was observing the green sea turtle. This was completed at Honokōhau Beach. This activity consisted of looking for sea turtles and recording your observations. We only found one turtle, # 28. Most of the turtles in this area have been marked with numbers to track them. Number 28 was basking in the sun.After completing the last activity, we returned to the visitor center where Ranger Jon Jokiel reviewed Alyssa’s work and presented her with her Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park Junior Ranger Badge and Patch.

For completing all programs in the Hawai’i Island National Parks Adventure Book, Alyssa received a NPS hat. We were told that children had been receiving backpacks, but their supply had run out. The visitor center also had metal Junior Park Ranger badges for $2.95. This is the first time I had seen this type of badge. Please see below for a picture of the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park Junior Ranger Badge and Patch and the Junior Park Ranger Badge.